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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,674
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 510
Gots: 353 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001)
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

05-25-2012 03:53:04 | More by EricCioe
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lambic beers are typically flat, but this bottle of Cantillon Kriek poured with an abundance of pink-tinted froth which, despite consistent and loud crackling (it sounds like bacon hitting a hot pan), fades very little. Without it what's in the glass might easily be mistaken for cranberry juice. It's a beer pretty enough to decorate a little girl's room with.

Kriek, Framboise, Gueuze, Faro - changing the prefix to 'Lambic' doesn't much change its aroma. This smell is sour, vinegar-y, musty and acidic. The only kind of cherries noted in this bouquet are of the festered and fermented variety. (Having an impractically overgrown cherry tree in the backyard I know that scent all too well.)

And yet, rotted fruit and musty vinegar notwithstanding, the beer is ridiculously refreshing, assuming one has a penchant for sourness. Its natural acidity is extravagantly quenching. An almost puckering tartness spreads over the palate like aphids over the canopy of trees, but it's not at all astringent, and the cherries add some sweetness to the mix.

Though a cherry beer, this drinks more like cranberry juice (by which I mean the real stuff - not from concentrate and certainly not "cocktail"). It is lightly bitter and notably sour. Fruity yet not at all in the typical sugary, sweet sense. The ultra-light body and pin-prick carbonation make it a godsend on hot days. How did beer like this ever fall out of style?

Kriek-Lambic is a style that has not much been improved on since its inception, however many centuries ago. The modern, commercial examples that add fruit juices or sugar may appeal to a wider audience but, for my money, there's nothing more appetizing than lemon juice acidity, mildewy oak wood must, and the tartness of wild yeasts and bacterias.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 23:43:36 | More by biegaman
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-21-2012 02:05:02 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-20-2012 15:27:24 | More by GrindFatherBob
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

05-20-2012 05:12:45 | More by zacheney
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-17-2012 02:12:55 | More by brandon0350
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-15-2012 14:19:15 | More by ajs4bd
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4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/10/11. 375ml bottle.

A: Mildly hazy dark reddish pink in color. Forms a rather small, fizzy, bubbly light pink head that reduces down to nothing more than a thick ring around the edge. Virtually no lacing.

S: Aroma is quite sour with notes of acetic acid and cider vinegar on the front end and juicy cherries on the back.

T: This one starts off with an aggressive sourness that made me wonder why I was drinking this beer to begin with. But after the first few sips the complexity really starts to show. Light notes of barnyard, earth, basement, and a musty quality. Then the cherries kick in and this beer becomes quite fruity and juicy with a pleasant sour cherry tartness. Finishes crisp and dry and rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied, tart-sour, crisp and dry. Spry carbonation at first moderates as the beer warms.

O: A fine, complex sour beer which I came to appreciate and enjoy even though sours aren't my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 21:54:55 | More by Florida9
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-12-2012 23:35:11 | More by ColSanders123
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-10-2012 17:21:40 | More by rutgersjpm
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-10-2012 17:06:47 | More by zvanwink
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3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle @ brewery.

I prefered the raspberry based lambic. Found the cherry flavors more cough/syrupy sweet, with less of the salty tartness. More dark cherry flavors, more my preference, I could see how others would enjoy this though. Everyone needs to sample cantillon brews, this one included.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 14:37:11 | More by BigCheese
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4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Moeder Lambic Fontinas.

Appearance: Pours a Cloudy red with a layer of pink head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Natural tart cherries with a mild sweetness. Sour and funky in the background.

Taste: The cherry flavor is so natural, more so than from the bottle. Smooth cherry tartness, not very sweet, tart, bitter, and sour in the finish.

Medium body with mild carbonation and a finish that goes from slick to dry.

Overall: I loved the real cherry flavor. My wife who doesn't like sours ordered one after having mine. So smooth and easy drinking.

Serving type: cask

05-08-2012 22:14:04 | More by oline73
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a hazy light red verging on dark pink with a three finger head which is light pink in color and is very fizzy with fine bubbles and dissipates rapidly, leaves absolutely zero lacing
S: very tart and sour scent notes with nice cherry sweetness and a bit of an odd after note which i would compare to sweaty gym socks
T: pretty spot on for the style but i definitely see that note of sweat socks from the scent come through just before taking a sip, nice tartness and cherry notes, doesnt quite have the sweetness that i have seen and so enjoyed in other kriek lambics, i think lindemans was just a touch more drinkable but this one is still very solid, im also finding a slight cinnamon note which lingers on the palate long afterwards
M: gentle carbonation tingle, definitely awakens the palate nicely and finishes with a slight dryness which is wholly different from the dryness seem from hops, almost more of a chalkiness than anything, also, just as i had assumed, i have heart burn haha
O: pretty much what i had expected to find here from cantillon, a well executed and well rounded lambic which is pretty much spot on, as i mentioned before, this is not my favorite kriek as i think lindemans beats is out nicely with more sweetness and drinkability, still a wonderful lambic and im very happy with my $25 investment here

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 00:14:15 | More by BigPlay1824
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-07-2012 01:50:00 | More by emaciated
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is fantastic and of deep sour cherry. The fruit just hangs in your nose and is so thick. My favorite aspect of this beer.

The cherry onslaught continues from front to back in the flavor. Needless to say the tartness is powerful and sticks with you. Quite refreshing. The acidity is also in your face. The funk flavors are subtle and well below the featured cherry.

Very light and again refreshing. Delicate in body, but bold in flavor.

I have to be in the mood for this stuff but when I am, it’s a fantastic beer.

Thanks Patrick and thanks to my wife for indulging my pilgrimage to the Cantillon Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 23:03:27 | More by Reagan1984
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-06-2012 18:43:56 | More by antoines15
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4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Dated: November 2010. Poured this into my Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Pour a beautiful reddish pick color. Crystal clear. Two fingers of pink head. Tight fluffy bubbles. Great carbonation.

S: Lots of funkiness. Tart cherries, but also some of that acidic citrus hidden behind it.

T: Lots of tart cherries. But so much cleaner than the Hannsens. Bitterness on the tip of the tongue then nice mid palate sweetness from the cherries. Really clean dry finish.

M: Light to medium.

O: A. Really like this. Understand how good people say it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 14:02:19 | More by inlimbo77
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half of a 2011 375ml bottle poured into Hill Farmstead stemware.

A: Hazy rose color. A little swirling causes some pretty intense bubbles.

S: Has a musky barnyard odor complete with some seriously funky cherries, and squeezed lemon.

T: A good amount of funk. Sour cherries dominate. Easy to go down.

M: Very dry with a high level of carbonation. Taste sticks around for sometime and alters the taste of anything else I come in contact with.

O: I enjoy this beer, but tend to lean towards the American wild alternative to Krieks like Consecration (especially aged). However, the Lou Pepe Kriek is one of the best beers I have had the delight to try. I'll probably sit on my other bottle of this for a few years and see just how sour it gets.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 03:47:30 | More by SneezyAchew
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-01-2012 17:50:58 | More by wdarcy77
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-01-2012 15:36:43 | More by TWStandley
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-01-2012 02:26:40 | More by jsilva
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

04-29-2012 23:12:57 | More by CADMixes
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle poured into tulip
2010 vinatge
375 ml bottle

Color: Hazy, but yet a vibrant and deep reddish/pink. A nickle thick white head appears after the pour and this beer leaves behind minimal lacing/retention.

Nose: Big time sour cherries followed by that unique Cantillon funk. A nice oak profile rises from the glass along with all those barnyard smells associated with Belgian sours.

Palate: Sour, fruity, balanced, and complex. This beer is extremely drinkable for how funky and tart it can be. Cherries invade your mouth followed by some woody textures and dryness. The abv is this beer is not evident at all making the mouthfeel incredible and full if taste.

Finish: Dry and sour. Cherries abound and the complexity of this beer is superb on the back end. Truly an amazing fruit lambic/

Rating: 94/100

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 05:07:08 | More by schmoopsbeer
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -19%

04-29-2012 01:21:43 | More by RES
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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